Figure Skater Mirai Nagasu Gracefully Brushes Off Fall During Olympics Interview

25 February, 2018, 02:06 | Author: Miranda Cannon
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Tuesday night's women's figure skating short program will be the first time American Karen Chen will take the ice in the 2018 Winter Olympics, but teammates Mirai Nagasu and Bradie Tennell have both already claimed bronze with their contributions to the team event at the beginning of the games.

"HOLY COW!" Former Olympic U.S. figure skater and NBC sports commentator Tara Lipinski shouted after Mirai Nagasu attempted, and landed, a triple axel during the highly-anticipated team figure skating competition.

"I saved the team event with Adam (Rippon) and the Shibutanis. I knew that it was a quote from that, so I didn't take any offense", Nagasu said.

In fact, Russian Federation and Japan have combined to win the last 15 women's medals over the last five junior world championships, which traditionally serve as a coming-out party for Olympic hopefuls.

Veteran Alpine skier Lindsey Vonn gave an emotional interview after what was likely the final downhill event of her Olympic career.

At 2015 European Figure Skating Championships, Elizaveta Tuktamysheva became the first woman to land four triple jumps in a short program. "I hope my passion and my journey can be an inspiration and motivation for people that face challenges", she said. In the free skate, she made her approach but popped the jump, scoring zero points.

"He's a character and I'm also quite the character, too, and it's a great chance for us to share our story", Nagasu said.

When Medvedeva returned to the sport during the European Championships, Zagitova beat her by just over five points.

Will U.S. figure skating followers see it the same way?

Nagasu, who was fourth at the 2010 Games as a 16-year-old, also went for a smile in the middle of her dramatic "Miss Saigon" performance. She finished in tenth place.

Watching the free skate program was unnecessary to figure out how the women's individual figure skating competition ended for the United States. I've also woken up so early but at the same time, I wanted this.

Fans of women's figure skating are pleased with how the sport has progressed in recent years and are proud of athletes like Nagasu who continue to push the envelope.

"I would like to be on "Dancing With the Stars" because I want to be a star", Nagasu said. "They're doing all the jumps at a much younger age, and that's what is going to help get the American women back on the world scene". And so I like to think of myself as one of the best, but I just made a little, tiny error today. "She and I had many tears over it and the thoughts were in my head, like, 'This could be it, '" Jeannie said.

Tennell, a soft-spoken 20-year-old in her first full senior global season after back injuries, said she wasn't sure what the reasonable expectations should have been for these USA women.

"I am not a fade-away type of person", she said. She fell and landed on her knees and hands during the triple axel attempt. "Things happen, we're all human and make mistakes but you get up and keep going". But she wasn't focused on her disappointing performance where she finished 10th and failed to take off on her triple axle jump.

Nagasu certainly played a big role in helping the USA win bronze in the team skating competition earlier in the games.


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